Sanitary pads are possibly our best friend during our periods. It not only provides reliable absorbency but also saves us from embarrassing moments, such as leakages. The best part is that they are easily available, in stores and online, and that too at reasonable prices. Most women find them comfortable and easy to wear.
However, choosing the right product is important. For example, in Saudi Arabia, where the temperature is generally on the higher side, the material used should be kept in mind while choosing, otherwise it could lead to rashes and nasty itches in your delicate areas.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind while choosing such products, especially if you are a first timer.
The first thing that has to be considered while buying a sanitary pad is its ability to absorb large volumes of blood and tissue efficiently and quickly. It should also not allow any backflow of blood when pressure is applied on the pad. For example, when you sit down.
It should make you feel dry and comfortable for at least for 5 to 7 hours, without the need to change it, depending on the flow. If you feel there is leakage every few hours, it is better to look for a better product.
Length and Flow
The release of blood is comparatively high at the start of the cycle than during the last couple of days. The sanitary napkins are often classified as Day or Night napkins, with the length of the day pads being around 17cm to 25cm and the night pads being longer than 35cm.
The length determines the amount of blood the napkin can absorb. Night products also come with additional features like hip guards that help in preventing back flow. They fit the body contours to prevent side leakage during sleep.
Every woman has a different skin type and the material has to be selected keeping that in mind. An incorrect selection could lead to rashes and allergies. Mostly, sanitary pads are made of cotton or plastic netting. The breathability factor should also be considered, along with the thickness of the napkin.
The thickness usually ranges from panty liner size to ultra-thin, regular and super. If you have heavy blood flow, then super thick material should be used, while the ultra-thin variety can be used for the last days when the flow decreases. It is very important to understand your typical menstrual flow before opting for a product.